Chuck D, co-founder of the hip-hop group Public Enemy, will appear at the April 3 opening night program of VersoFest 2024 at the Westport Library.
Chuck D, co-founder of the hip-hop group Public Enemy, will appear April 3 at Westport Library’s VersoFest 2024. / Contributed photo by Travis Shinn Small

WESTPORT — Chuck D, the hip-hop pioneer, social activist and writer, will be the featured guest at the April 3 inaugural program of the Westport Library’s VersoFest 2024.

Co-founder of the rap group Public Enemy, Chuck D will appear at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, at the library, 20 Jesup Road. Tickets, costing $50, can be reserved in advance online by clicking here.

VersoFest 2024, planned April 3-7, is the library’s annual showcase of diverse music, media and panel discussions.

Also booked is the rock group, the Lemon Twigs, scheduled to perform the kick-off concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4. Purchase $20 tickets here.

Music producer Tony Visconti will discuss his career, which has included work with David Bowie, at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6. Register for the free program here.

During his April 3 appearance, Chuck D will discuss his career, including a recently published graphic novel, “STEWdio: The Naphic Grovel ARTrilogy of Chuck.” He will be joined conversation by Akashic Books publisher Johnny Temple and media host/music executive June Archer.

In 1985, Chuck D co-founded Public Enemy with Flavor Flav. The group — known for its “Fight the Power” message — released a series of best-selling albums about race, power and inequality, and the anger those issues can provoke. The New York Times named Public Enemy’s “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back” to its list of the “25 Most Significant Albums of the Last Century,” and the Library of Congress in 2005 added “Fear of a Black Planet” to its National Recording Registry.

In 2013, Public Enemy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys in 2020.

Chuck D’s “groundbreaking contributions to music and social activism have made a profound impact on our culture, and we can’t wait for our community to engage with his incredible insights and talent,” William Harmer, the library’s executive director, said in a statement announcing the VersoFest program.

For questions and more information, call the Westport Library at 203-291-4800.